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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does landscaping cost per square foot?

The cost of landscaping can vary widely based on the type of plants you wish to have, the amount of grading required, the condition of the land before work begins, and other factors. Adding in designer or high-end landscaping, as well as hardscaping such as sidewalks, walls, or patios will add to the cost. To find out how much your landscaping will cost, contact landscapers near you.

Is hiring a landscaper worth it?

A landscaper is worth it if you don't want to invest a significant amount of time and effort into planting, trimming, raking, weeding and performing other operations on your garden or yard. Hiring a landscaper to perform regular maintenance in your yards and complete bigger projects is valuable if you’re looking to sell your house. A professional landscaper can make your house more appealing to potential buyers. 

Some landscapers may perform maintenance duties — remove leaves, mow lawns, trim trees and shrubs, etc. —  but they can also help you bring bigger projects to life. This may include adding a misting system, an outdoor fireplace, water features, artificial turf, a patio and much more.

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How much does landscaping cost?

The price of landscaping varies widely due to the range of choices that can be made, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $320 and $20,000 for your landscaping work. The national average cost for a landscaping project is $2,600. 

Factors like the choice of plants, the amount and type of hardscaping, the square footage of your landscaped area, and the region you live in will have a significant effect on your landscaping cost.

Where can you buy landscaping rocks?

You can shop for landscaping rocks from a variety of different sources. The first option is large chain retail stores specializing in home improvement and gardening. Often, landscaping rocks like slate and other slabs arrive on pallets and are sold in bulk, giving you a great deal. Your local landscaping store also carries rocks, and you may even have a stone or quarry seller nearby who can sell you the rocks you need. When in doubt, contact landscaping companies near you to see if they have rocks you can purchase.

What is landscaping?

Landscaping is the intentional placement and maintenance of living plants on an area of land or in your yard. This can include trees, lawn, flowers, bushes and other plant life and often incorporates mulch and other organic matter. The primary purpose of landscaping is to provide beauty to the house or building it surrounds. 

Many landscaping companies also offer design, architecture and construction services. For example, they can help you design a yard that incorporates a patio, deck, pool, fire pit, lighting, walkways, retaining walls and more.

How much does landscaping improve home value?

Landscaping your property can boost the value of your home between 5% and 15%, according to Better Homes & Gardens. They specify that this is the amount of value added when you upgrade the condition of your landscaping from poor to good, though these terms are subjective. 

What is landscape design?

Landscaping design refers to the art of analyzing an existing landscape, planning how to transform it through flora and fauna design and working with a client to ensure goals are met. Landscape designers may completely transform an outdoor space or make minor modifications to enhance it. They may also call for grading and the construction of hardscaping surfaces like walkways or patios to add to the enjoyment of the space.

How do you find a good landscape architect?

Hiring a landscape architect is an investment in your home. Landscaping can reduce water bills, improve your home resale value, add to your daily living experience and significantly boost curb appeal. A landscape architect will draw the designs for your new landscape; you’ll want to hire a landscape contractor to carry out the plans. Many companies provide design-build landscaping services, with a company architect creating plans for your vision and the landscape contractor executing the vision. With the proper academic background and licensing, a person can be both landscape architect and landscape contractor. Here are a few tips for finding a great landscape architect:

  • Research online portfolios and find several landscape architects whose work interests you.
  • Read online reviews of client experiences.
  • Research whether the landscape architects you are interested in are currently licensed and in good standing with the licensing board, and check whether any complaints have been issued against them. Each state will have their own searchable database. For example, you can search for California landscape architects via the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • Request bids from your selected landscape architects.
  • Hire the one you like the most, taking care to have a clearly written contract outlining scope of work.

For more, check out our tips for smart hiring on Thumbtack.

What does a landscape contractor do?

Landscape contractors work from outdoor architectural or design plans to build and install hardscaping or softscaping for the client, much as a general contractor uses architectural designs to build a house. Landscape contractors are experts in soil drainage, grading, hardscaping (installing concrete paths and retaining wall, building ponds, etc.), and planting. They have heavy equipment such as excavators and tractors to prepare the land as needed.

Some landscape contractors are also landscape architects or landscape designers. The titles can be compared with those in home construction: A building or landscape architect must earn a specialized architecture degree and pass an exam to have a license. A designer — whether an interior designer or a landscape designer — does not usually require a license to work. Landscape contractors are not required by law to work from plans designed by a landscape architect, so you may work directly with the landscape contractor to specify the work you’d like done. The national average cost for large-scale landscaping projects is $10,160. Pricing can vary greatly depending on the project scope, materials and design.

What should you look for when hiring a landscaper?

Landscaping can be costly — though it usually pays off in curb appeal and home resale value — so finding a landscaper who is worth the investment is important. When hiring a landscaper, look for proven success with the type of results you want. For example, if you know you want a drought-tolerant yard, research websites, reviews and portfolios that showcase beautiful drought-tolerant yards that the landscaper has installed. In addition to relevant experience, you’ll want to find a landscape contractor who has good client reviews. Good communication skills are another important quality in a landscape contractor, since everything from plant selection to hardscape installation needs to be discussed and agreed upon. A landscape contractor who is reliable, easy to understand and able to listen to what you want will help make the process seamless and enjoyable.

Reviews for Plum landscapers
Megan U.
We highly recommend Diaz landscaping! They did a great job with our landscaping. Very professional, friendly, and hardworking.
Díaz landscapingDíaz landscaping
Michael K.
Danny and his crew did an awesome job in a short period of time. Would definitely recommend Diaz Landscaping for your landscaping projects - quote was competitive, work and quality was top notch.
Díaz landscapingDíaz landscaping
Tandy C.
Kyle was prompt with a estimate. We needed landscaping cleanup and The work was exactly to my expectations.
KP Leaf and Lawn LLCKP Leaf and Lawn LLC
Dawn W.
Like every other landscaper says they will put you on the schedule and the nothing. No follow through or communication
True Solution Garden llcTrue Solution Garden llc
Cheryl B.
I had a small landscaping project and Matt did a great job with picking shrubs and trees.
Standard Home ServicesStandard Home Services
Stephen R.
Jake made my yard look beautiful. I went from probably having the worst landscaping on my street to one of the best, if not the best. Landscaping, retaining wall, and lighting look amazing. People all stop and look at it, admire it, and ask me who did the great work.
Blue Sky LandscapeBlue Sky Landscape
Katy G.
Robert did an excellent job on my yard. He worked efficiently and was reasonably priced. Would hire him again for future landscaping needs.
RC Hobbs LandscapingRC Hobbs Landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent job of trimming all hedges and trees, weeding all flower beds and mulched areas, clearing a hillside of prolific vegetation. Everything is neat and clean. Very welcoming look. Look forward to landscaping the hillside in the Spring.
Paslow Landscape MGMT LLCPaslow Landscape MGMT LLC
Adam f.
Diaz Landscaping was prompt in reviewing my project and starting the work. They worked efficiently and did a great job. I would use them again and will recommend to others. They did everything I would expect in an owner operated business. Great job!
Díaz landscapingDíaz landscaping
Meggan K.
Spoke with Josh on a Wednesday afternoon about taking care of the lawn and landscaping for our two houses in Bellevue and he was out at both of them by Friday to complete the first mow. Very responsive and professional. We are using him for our continued lawn care at both homes.
Allegheny Premier LandscapingAllegheny Premier Landscaping
Megan U.
Matt and his crew just finished up a landscaping job at our house and we couldn’t be happier with it! Everything looks great and Matt definitely took the time to make sure he knew what we wanted. I would highly recommend and we will be using them again.
Standard Home ServicesStandard Home Services
Thumbtack Customer
Everything from start to finish with Paslow Lawn Service was just wonderful. We received a fair quote for a landscaping and hedging job, the workers showed up EARLY (who does that these days?! awesome!), everyone was very professional, and the lawn looks better than it has since we moved in over a year ago! Thank you so much!
Paslow Landscape MGMT LLCPaslow Landscape MGMT LLC
Shaquala s.
Diaz Landscaping was super quick at responding to my inquiry, providing an estimate and completing the job. They did an amazing job with cleaning out all of the leaves around my yard, trimming my hedges and re mulching. They’re super professional and easy to work with. I would highly recommend them and will continue to use them for lawn maintenance throughout the season.
Díaz landscapingDíaz landscaping
Thumbtack Customer
Michael with INKS has been truly outstanding in every part of customer service. I now know how his company has been in business around 20 years! He arrived on time or early exactly when he said he would. His crewmen were also very professional and polite. In my opinion, his prices were spot on. I am grateful for the expertise, and plan on using INKS again. I will recommend his company to anyone looking for landscaping needs.
Inks Excavating, Inc.Inks Excavating, Inc.
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